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Friday
Nov142008

Preparing for a Dinner Party

Prepping for a dinner party is never an easy task. We asked dinner hostess Cindy Zuccarino of Ciao Tavalo: What are five things every hostess can do to feel more prepared for her next dinner party?

*  When creating your guest list, consider who you are inviting…make sure there aren’t any underlying problems.  If you know there will be a couple/people that don’t really know the other guests, think ahead for of a common thread.  It’s up to the hostess to make sure everyone feels included.

*  Try to come up with a general menu at least a week ahead of time.      

*  Learn from your mistakes!  If something didn’t work out before (food, people, conversation), don’t do it again. 

*  Create a general “to do” list.  Try to think of everything, especially things that don't have to do with the food like reserving the babysitter, taking the dogs to the kennel, etc.

*  Make a mental note of a rough time-table for the evening…how long will cocktails take, at what time should the guests be seated, etc. 

And most importantly, be flexible, relax, and always have a good sense of humor!

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